Two Rocky Mount, Virginia Cops Arrested for Taking Part in Capitol Insurrection

Two Rocky Mount, Virginia Cops Arrested for Taking Part in Capitol Insurrection

Two Virginia police officers, including one who is an Army veteran and trained sniper, have been arrested after they allegedly took part in the Capitol riot—then boasted about it being legal on Facebook afterwards.

Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson, both officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department, were charged on Wednesday with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast.

Prosecutors allege the two cops, who were off-duty when they traveled to D.C., were photographed inside the Capitol “making an obscene statement in front of a statue of John Stark.” The photo was then posted on social media—where Robertson defended their actions and said he was “fucking proud” because he was “willing to put skin in the game,” according to a criminal complaint.

“CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem and not some random small business … The right IN ONE DAY took the f***** U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us,” Roberson wrote.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, Fracker also commented on people seemingly concerned about the photo.

“Lol to anyone who’s possibly concerned about the picture of me going around… Sorry I hate freedom? Sorry I fought hard for it and lost friends for it? Not like I did anything illegal, WAY too much to lose to go there but, ya’ll do what you feel you need to lol,” he wrote. “I can protest for what I believe in and still support your protest fro [sic] what you believe in. Just saying..after all, I fought for the right to do it…”

Local news reports identify Robertson as an Army veteran who received Ranger and sniper training, and served five years, including 15 months in Iraq. He then worked as a private contractor with the Department of Defense in Afghanistan to recruit and train local troops. It was in that capacity that the Franklin News Post reported he suffered shrapnel injuries after a shell exploded some 30 feet from where he was embedded with an Army platoon and Afghan security forces.

A 2011 article on the local news website asserted that, prior to working as a police officer in Rocky Mount, Robertson worked on the force in nearby Roanoke.

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